Join Mid Ulster’s Community of Life Savers this Restart A Heart Day!
Mid Ulster District Council is urging residents to join the district’s community of life savers and take part in one of this year’s World Restart A Heart Day events.
World Restart a Heart Day returns on Wednesday 16 October to again provide free life-saving CPR awareness sessions to as many people as possible in the Mid Ulster district.
Organised by the Mid Ulster Community Resuscitation Group and led by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) and the Council, the sessions will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to deal effectively with someone who is unconscious and stopped breathing normally.
Half hour awareness sessions will take a place on: Tuesday 15 October at 11am, 12pm, & 1pm at Maghera Leisure Centre; Wednesday 16 October at 11am, 12pm & 1pm at the Torrent Complex Donaghmore; and Thursday 17 October at 11am, 12pm, 1pm & 6.30pm at Cookstown Leisure Centre.
Community and voluntary organisations, sports clubs, workplaces, and anyone else who would like to learn how to correctly perform CPR in the event of a cardiac arrest, are being urged to attend.
NIAS is also encouraging local schools who are registered to teach CPR, to participate in World Restart a Heart Day by delivering training to pupils.
The main aim of the day is to increase awareness of the importance of bystander CPR which increases the chance of survival when someone has a cardiac arrest. Each year in Northern Ireland there are around 1,500 out of hospital cardiac arrests (OHCAs).
OHCAs can occur in homes and public spaces. Every minute counts when someone has an OHCA- every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%. But many people simply don’t have the skills and confidence to step in and help, and these awareness sessions will provide these vital skills.
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Martin Kearney said, “I am delighted the Council has again been involved in organising this extremely worthwhile, and in some cases, life-saving training for the residents of Mid Ulster. The fact the training is free and will take place over three days this year will hopefully give more people the opportunity to come out and participate in a session that suits them so they can join Mid Ulster’s community of life savers.
“Mid Ulster has the longest Emergency Ambulance response times in Northern Ireland, largely due to the rurality of the area. This training would be extremely beneficial in providing people with the relevant skills to help manage situations until the ambulance arrive at the scene and could result in many more lives being saved.”
World Restart a Heart Day is an annual initiative which aims to raise awareness of the importance of bystander Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and is part of a wider action plan on Community Resuscitation in partnership with the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service and other Agencies.
This year you can even register online. Just go to: www.midulstercouncil.org/restartaheart and select the session you wish to attend.
For more information contact Environmental Health at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132 or email email@example.com.